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Annual budget of Rs 64,669-cr presented in assembly
Health services to be cheaper; Mobiles, garments, packed food items costlier
Fee waiver for girl students in govt schools announced # Pensionery benefits increased # 6% DA for employees approved
SRINAGAR, May 30: Finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu today presented an annual state budget of Rs 64,669 crore for 2016 -17 in the legislative assembly saying the budget has been formulated as a tribute to former chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. “Having had the privilege of being his finance minister, I have, in this budget, attempted to put into a framework the -Mufti Model of Governance,” Drabu said in his budget speech. The finance mi...
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Budget is pro-poor, pro-women: Drabu
SRINAGAR, May 30: Finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu described the annual state budget presented in the state legislature today as pro-poor and pro-women. He said there is a need to restore the financial system of the state, which has been damaged in previous regimes. “The financial systems have been violated by the previous government. In this budget I have tried to restore the financial systems by streamlining everything. That is why in order t...
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Power sector can change J&K’s fortunes: Drabu
SRINAGAR, May 30: Asserting that the power sector of J&K can turn around the fortunes and put economy on the trajectory of high and sustainable growth, Minister of Finance, Dr Haseeb A Drabu, Monday tabled the Power Budget 2016-17 in the state assembly. With an eye on enhancing the State’s hydro-power generation of the present 1,419.37 MWs, which contributes 45 percent of the total energy requirement, the Finance Minister said JKSDPC has drawn ...
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NC boycotts budget speech, walks out
SRINAGAR, May 30: The main opposition National Conference (NC) today boycotted the budget speech of finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu and staged a walk out. Prior to their walk out they tried to disrupt the speech of Drabu. Independent MLA Engineer Rashid advanced to the speaker’s podium, disrupting the finance minister’s speech. He demanded a discussion on the deaths of two women who died in 2008 under mysterious circumstances in Shopian distri...
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CM: Govt working to create employment for youth
‘We have to confront challenge of unemployment jointly’
SRINAGAR, May 30: Chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the government is working on various initiatives to create ample employment avenues for the youth. “I know unemployment is one of the biggest challenges for all of us and the government is working on various fronts to create adequate employment avenues for the youth,” the Chief Minister said in the Legislative Assembly while responding to supplementaries on a related question ...
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Modi ushered new era of peace, dev: Heptullah
Work done by Centre in 2 yrs historic: Dy CM
SRINAGAR, May 30: Union minister for minority affairs Dr. Najma Heptullah today said prime minister Narendra Modi led government, during last two years, has registered phenomenal achievements in different fields which have no parallels in the annals of history. The Minister was speaking at a function organized by Jammu and Kashmir Thangsoo Sports Association in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Scouts and Guides here at Amar Singh College to...
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Budget directionless: Cong
SRINAGAR, May 30: Congress has termed the budget as directionless and said that it is “primarily anti poor and anti common people”, with no initiative to address the problems of unemployed youth and different sections of the Society. Reacting to the budget presented today chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma has described it as devoid of any major initiatives to provide relief to different sections of people especially the unemployed youth, farme...
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7th death anniversary of Asiya, Neelofar: Shutdown in Shopian, other areas
SRINAGAR, May 30: A shutdown was today observed in south Kashmir particularly in Shopian district on the seventh death anniversary of Asiya and Neelofar, who were allegedly raped and killed on this day, here, in 2009. Their bodies were found in the Rambi Ara Canal. The local people and affected family had alleged that they were murdered by men in uniform. Schools, shops and other business establishments remained closed in the town and adjoin...
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PIL on defunct SHRC
Why assurances were not adhered to: HC
SRINAGAR, May 30: The High Court has asked the state government to explain why assurances given by it through advocate general on the revival of defunct Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) were not adhered to. A division bench of the High Court headed by the Chief Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar said: “Counsel appearing for respondents to report as to why assurance given by the Advocate General is not adhered to and why the Sup...
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Anantnag assembly by-poll: Mehbooba to file nomination today
SRINAGAR, May 30: The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will file nomination papers for the June 19 by-poll to Anantnag Assembly constituency tomorrow. Mehbooba, who is currently a Lok Sabha member from the South Kashmir Constituency, is contesting the elections from Anantnag Assembly seat, where by-polls were necessitated due to the death of her father and then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7 this year. To remain the Chief Minis...
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For 250 militants, why do you need 7 lakh troops: Mirwaiz
SRINAGAR, May 30: Terming the statement of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that the infamous Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) could not be revoked from Jammu and Kashmir as a pat on the back of armed forces, Hurriyat Conference (M) Monday said Indian forces present in the state had been indulging in killing of unarmed civilians and getting away with it due to the impunity provided to them under AFSPA. Stressing that the Indian Defence ...
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Parrikar’s remarks exposed PDP again: Rather
‘PDP bartered AFSPA revocation demand for CM’s chair’
SRINAGAR, May 30: National Conference Monday lashed out at the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the PDP-BJP government for compromising on crucial issues of importance to the state in lieu of political power. Referring to the remarks of the Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, senior National Conference leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather said the struggle to seek the revocation of AFSPA from the state had received an enor...
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Hideout busted in Doda, huge cache of arms recovered
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DODA, May 30: Security forces today busted a militant hideout and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Chirala forest in Doda district. Police and security forces achieved a major success by recovering grenades besides pistols and huge ammunition from the hideout of terrorists during a search operation in Sunarthawa forests under the jurisdiction of Police Station Thathri in the mountainous district of Doda in the wee hours of today. ...
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SC to hear traders’ plea against HC order on adulteration
NEW, DELHI, May 30 (Agencies): The Supreme Court today agreed to hear next week the plea of Jammu and Kashmir traders’ body alongwith other petitions challenging a High Court order asking them to give an undertaking that if “prima facie” the food items supplied by them are found to be adulterated then their units would be liable to be sealed. A vacation bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy said the plea of Jammu and Kashmir Traders and Ma...
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Cartoon Corner
SVC asks education Secy to reconcile all corruption cases
JAMMU, May 30: Emphasizing on early settlement of RDAs (Regular Departmental Actions) pending with the department, State Vigilance Commission (SVC) has directed Commissioner Secretary Education to get reconciliation of all corruption related cases with Vigilance Organization and ensure that no case is left unattended. Official report said that the Commission, which met here under the chair of Chief Vigilance Commissioner, asked the authorities ...
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Torrential rains lash valley
SRINAGAR, May 30: Heavy rains along with strong thunderstorms lashed most of the places across the valley on Monday. The state meteorological department revealed that rainfall/thundershowers occurred at many places in Kashmir. “Large rainfall was witnessed across valley today in afternoon. The rainfall coupled with strong lightening and thunders occurred in all parts of valley including plains and hilly regions,” spokesperson at met office sai...
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J&K Budgetary proposals
The budgetary proposals made in the J&K annual Budget by the Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu has painted rosy picture so far as concessions to girl child in education, efforts aimed at improving healthcare facilities and benefitted to pensioners lacks concrete direction on the economic policies of the state. Despite the fact that this was the second budget of the Finance minister in a row herein he promised to make accountability a benchmark fo...
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Idea of India in Peril
By Kuldip Nayar
By sending to the trial court the case of former Congress MP, Eshan Jafri, who along with 69 people were burnt or butchered alive at the Gulburga Society in Ahmedabad, the Supreme Court had only passed on the buck. This is the same Supreme Court which commented on Modi: Nero was fiddling when Rome was burning. I was on my way to Peshawar from Rawalpindi to meet Wali Khan, son of Frontier Gandhi, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan. At Abottabad, ...
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Zika and the Olympics
By Gwynne Dyer
In the past, the only excuse for cancelling the Olympic Games has been a world war (Berlin 1916, Tokyo 1940, London 1944). But if this year's Games had been scheduled for somewhere in West Africa two years ago, when the Ebola outbreak was nearing its peak, they would certainly have been called off. So should the Olympic Games scheduled to begin in Rio de Janeiro on 5 August be cancelled, moved or postponed? The health risk in Brazil's case is ...
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Concept of notary-public and oath-commissioners should be altogether abolished
Dear Editor, Notary Public and Oath Commissioners usually authenticate documents for an ‘extra’ fee without actually identifying authenticity of persons having signed the documents, a system prone to frauds and uselessly adding cost. It is time that concept of notary public and oath commissioners may be altogether abolished. Instead registered medical practitioners, lawyers, chartered-accountants and persons in other such categories apart from ...
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China may support ban on Azhar if India resubmits petition: Swamy
NEW DELHI, May 31 (Agencies): The Sino-Indian deadlock over a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar and others may end if India resubmits its application focussing on evidence against him than attempting to "censure" Pakistan, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today said here after talks with Chinese officials. "My impression is that India can expect cooperation from China on the issue of declaring Masood Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Muhammad, as terrorist who s...
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Seven Indian fishermen arrested in Northern Sri Lanka
SRI LANKA, May 31 (Agencies): Sri Lanka Navy has arrested seven Indian fishermen along with their trawler for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy said here today. Seven Indian fishermen were arrested yesterday by the Navy and the Sri Lankan Coast Guards northwest of Talaimannar in northern Sri Lanka. The arrested fishermen were handed over to the Mannar Fisheries Inspector for further action, the Navy said in a statement. The ar...
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Harayana Wrestler lifts 8th Battal Ballian Dangal title
JAMMU, May 30: Harayana wrestler Som Bir today clinched the “8th Annual Battal Ballian Kesari title 2016” by defeating Abdul Gani of Mallerkotla in Punjab in the Ist malli played at Battal in Udhampur. Former MoS and MLA Pawan Kumar Gupta was the chief guest on the occasion who distributed cash prizes among the wrestlers. Joint Secretary J&K State Sports Council Shiv Kumar Sharma who is also Treasurer Indian Style Wrestling Association of In...
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PM asks Railways to speed up redevelopment of stations
NEW DELHI, May 30 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the railways to speed up redevelopment of stations and substantially raise its "level of ambition" in this regard as he reviewed the performance of the sector at a meeting here. At the meeting where the performance of Roads and Highways Ministry was also assessed, Modi pitched for more private investment in the sector and adoption of best practices in road development after ...
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